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Old 04-13-2004, 12:56 AM   #1
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RH8 boot disk required...

Hi all,

I have a Windows XP and a RH8 partition in my harddisk, but my windows partition screwed up some days ago and I've reinstalled it. But now the lilo doesn't not load up and I can't boot into the linux partition.

I've searched the internet and it said all i need to do is to run the lilo again in linux partition by using a boot disk. But the problem is, all of my linux disks including CDs and floopy disks are gone and I don't know where they are, I can't use the RH8 CD to boot the system up nor the floopy coz i don't have them with me. Can anyone send me the content of the bootup disk or have any suggestions that I can use a floopy to boot the linux partition up so that I can make the lilo working again.

I've tried tomsrtbt last night and I can access to my linux partition but I can't run the lilo coz of the permission level. The tomsrtbt does not have the super-user mode so I can't run it.

Is there anybody can offer a help? Thanks you
Old 04-13-2004, 07:12 AM   #2
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Maybe you can find something at ... (I found this in another post here)

eg under catagori choose minimalist. I dont think it matters if it is not a red hat disk. You just boot the floopy and edit /ect/lilo.conf and then lilo.

if there is no luck in that you "just" need cd1 from redhat I think.
Old 04-14-2004, 12:01 AM   #3
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I can't believe that tomsrtbt does not have root login. It would render it useless as a root boot disk. Are you sure you cannot get access? Maybe you need to chroot into the mounted filesystem with all partitions under / mounted under the mount point as they should be on the redhat system and try it.

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Old 04-16-2004, 08:37 AM   #4
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um...after I've boot the tomsrtbt, logoned as root with default password 'xxxx', I've mounted my linux partition hda6 to the folder /mnt, and I can see everything in my partition. But when i type 'lilo' it said "/etc/lilo.conf file not found". I've checked the /etc folder I can see the file lilo.conf.anadona (or sth like that), and when i type the file name it said permission denied. I've tried to type "chroot /mnt/ lilo" it said "/etc/lilo.conf file not found". I've also tried to rename the lilo.conf.anadona to lilo.conf, but still doesn't work...

any idea what should I do? I still don't have the RH8 CD here...

Thanks in advance
Old 04-16-2004, 12:23 PM   #5
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Just chroot into the mounted system

chroot /mnt

then run lilo.



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